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The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region

1st Edition

Edited by Philip Cooke, Glen Searle, Kevin O'Connor


312 pages

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The development of the information technology (IT) industry in the Asia Pacific region faces two challenges. Firstly, can its established physical, technical, regional and governance infrastructures be adapted to meet the challenges embedded in the set of products and processes created by the IT industry? Secondly, as this adaptation evolves, which cities and regions will be best suited to connect to or lead global responses to these challenges?

The chapters in this book have set out to explore these questions, providing details of change in a range of aspects of the IT industry such as mobile phones, software services, and flat screen design in regions in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, China and Australia. The book also outlines the policy responses of national and regional governments in Singapore, India and China and India. These case studies provide a basis to understand effective strategies which could be formulated for the future.

This book’s originality emerges from the fine detail provided about firms, in particular regions and cities, from research carried out by young scholars in the past two years. This makes it very useful for readers keen to understand the recent changes in this dynamic industry in a fast growth part of the world, and it will also help to shape thinking by policy makers on policy settings that can be applied.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region: Heritage, context and future Phil Cooke, Glen Searle and Kevin O’Connor Part I: The New Global Context 2. Resilience and Eco-innovation: The role of commoditised ICT in global transition regions Phil Cooke Part II: National Perspectives on the Asia Pacific IT Industry in a Global Context 3. New Outcomes for Firms in the Australian IT Industry Glen Searle and Kevin O’Connor 4. Singapore’s ICT industry: An evolutionary perspective Leo van Grunsven 5. IT Industry with Chinese Characteristics Yu Zhou 6. Industrial Upgrading and Global Innovation Networks: The case of the Taiwanese ICT industry Shin-Horng Chen and Pei-Chang Wen 7. IT Entrepreneurship in Japan: Challenges of servicization Yuko Aoyama Part III: Sectoral Responses to Global Change 8. The Role of the State in Promoting the Display Industry in South Korea Yong-Sook Lee and Hyungjoo Kim 9. The Catching-Up Process and Innovation in the Chinese Telecommunication Industry Xielin Liu and Jianghua Zhou 10. China’s Good-Enough Innovation: Shanzhai handsets and shanzhai economy Shin-Horng Chen, Pei-Chang Wen, and Chih-Yen Tai 11. The Spatial Distribution and Structure of Partnership Network of Firms in the Software Industry in Korea Il Young Hong 12. A Geography of Innovation in Isolation? Knowledge spillover, technology transfer, and innovation of firms in China’s software industry Cassandra Wang and George Lin Part IV: Regional and Local Responses to Global Change 13. An Increasingly Innovative Quarter Century: Bangalore within the global production networks of the software industry Balaji Parthasarathy 14. Localising Production of the Globalised Knowledge Enclaves: Role of the sub-national states in development of the IT- ITES oriented special economic zones of India Tathagata Chatterji 15. Institutional "Embeddedness", Networks and China’s IT Industry: An analysis of Dalian’s software park Weilin Zhao, Charla Griffy-Brown and Chihiro Watanabe

About the Editors

Philip Cooke is Director and Research Professor in Regional Development at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University, UK.

Glen Searle is Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Kevin O’Connor is Faculty Fellow in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University, Australia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development